BREAKING! Senator Bernie Sanders & Others Demand Obama Permanently Halt Dakota Access Pipeline

Senator Bernie Sander has joined with four other Senators in order to call on President Obama to bring a halt to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline so that a full environmental and cultural review can be completed.

Sanders, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) all signed the letter which called for the revoking of all permits and easements until the proper investigations can be made.

This request echoes those made in recent weeks, though previous efforts have been overturned by local courts or ignored by the construction company altogether.

The protests at the site of the proposed pipeline have continued for months as Native Americans and activist allies join together to try and stop what they view as an attack both on the environment, and on their history and culture.

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BREAKING: Sheriff FINALLY Pulls Deputies Back From North Dakota Pipeline Deployment

The Dane County Sheriff’s who were sent to North Dakota to aid police at the contested Dakota Access Pipeline will return home.

Mahoney said after talking with “a wide cross-section of the community who all share the opinion that ourdeputies should not be involved in this situation,” he decided to stop participating by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office only after one week of participation. The initial plan was to rotate three teams of deputies Sunday-to-Sunday, Mahoney said.

Though Mahoney said his decision did not hinge on any single incident, he did cite reduced reimbursement of costs also played a part in the decision.

 Ten deputies and three supervisors joined the caravan of law enforcement officers including 43 Wisconsin officers responding to a call for help from the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services.

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BREAKING: Army Corps Says DAPL Must Hold Off On Resuming Pipeline Work

At this time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers refuses to authorize construction of the $3.8 billion, four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline on federal land in southern North Dakota. The corps also reiterated its previous request for the pipeline company to voluntarily stop work on private land in the area.

According to Associated Press, the corps’ statement came in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling Sunday that allowed construction to resume on the pipeline within 20 miles of Lake Oahe. That ruling sparked a large protest Monday in North Dakota that led to the arrest of 27 people, including “Divergent” actress Shailene Woodley, who is known for her activism.

AP said that a joint statement from the Justice Department, Interior Department and the corps said it was not ready to allow pipeline work to continue on its land bordering and under Lake Oahe, a reservoir that the agency manages on the Missouri River and the water supply for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It also called on pipeline owner Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners to voluntarily stop work in the area; ETP didn’t respond to a request from The Associated Press for comment Sunday or Monday.

The Standing Rock Sioux Nation has had sacred sites, that were supposed to be protected, already destroyed by ETP workers during the construction. They say the pipeline, which will cross through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois, will destroy more cultural artifacts and sacred sites and will also pollute the drinking water. The tribe had asked the appeals court to continue blocking work on the section of pipeline while it appeals a lower-court ruling from September that let work on the entire pipeline go forward.

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Oil Is Seeping From A North Dakota Hillside

An oil leak in North Dakota is seeping from a hillside and is thousands of gallons larger than initially reported last month, state officials say.

About 504 barrels of oil or more than 20,000 gallons of the highly polluting substance have been recovered since the line leak occurred July 19, the North Dakota Department of Health said in a press release Friday.

The company, Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC, first said the equivalent of two barrels of oil had been spilled at a facility in the western town of Belfied. But state investigations found the spillage is considerably larger.

Karl Rockeman, director of the Division of Water Quality, said to the Grand Forks Herald Friday that oil was seeping out of a hillside in multiple locations. The actual size of the spill is still undetermined and current figures may also be inaccurate. “It may be larger than that yet as well,” Rockeman said referring to the most recent estimates.

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Documentary Filmmaker Faces Up to 45 Years in Prison for Covering Pipeline Protest

In the same week that activist and celebrity Shailene Woodley was arrested while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, a documentary producer was arrested at yet another pipeline protest and charged with conspiracy.

Deia Schlosberg, producer of the 2016 film “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change,” was following the actions of activists in North Dakota who were protesting against a pipeline. Both activists and documentarian Schlosberg were arrested by police and charged with conspiracy to commit theft of property and services.

Protesters were attempting to take matters into their own hands and planned to physically stop the flow of crude oil through valve stations at five locations on Tuesday. Schlosberg attended the event in order to document the protest – something a journalist often does.

The filmmaker continues to be held in jail and all three arrested appeared in court on Thursday for a bond hearing. None were bailed and they all remain in police custody.

According to fellow filmmaker Josh Fox, Schlosberg has been charged with three felony charges, carrying some serious penalties.

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Police Killing of Unarmed Native American Continues To Receive Little Media Attention

The tragic case of Corey Kanosh, 35, has received very little media attention, in spite of the growing outrageover police shootings of unarmed, innocent citizens.

In Corey’s case, we are not dealing with an African American man shot by white cops, but an unarmed Native American man who was suspected of crimes that he was later proven innocent of, who was given only seconds before police opened fire on him.

Corey was a member of the Paiute Tribe of Utah. In spite of the historical injustices committed by the State against Native Americans, his story has received virtually no national attention. Now, his friends and family have been pushing to move the legal process forward, but so far they have only raised a tiny amount of money.

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Shailene Woodley arrested while peacefully protesting Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota

Actress and activist Shailene Woodley was arrested in North Dakota on Monday in the aftermath of a protest opposing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Morton County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Rob Keller confirmed Woodley’s arrest at a protest site one mile south of St. Anthony in south-central North Dakota, where construction of the pipeline was taking place.

Woodley is charged, along with 26 others, with criminal trespassing.

Protesters are targeting the planned 1,172-mile pipeline that would carry 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day from production regions in North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa before reaching an existing pipeline in Patoka, Ill.

The Dakota Access pipeline has faced resistance from both environmental groups lobbying for decreased dependence on nonrenewable resources and Native American groups, specifically the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who would be most directly affected and argue that the construction of the pipeline disrupts sacred sites.

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First of Its Kind Study Shows 55,400 People Hospitalized or Killed by US Cops in a Single Year

If anyone needed a reminder that America has a police brutality problem, the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile provided it. Actual numbers on violent police encounters are difficult to come by, but this dearth of data is getting more attention.

New research published in the British Medical Journal demonstrates the danger posed to citizens by the most routine police practice of a “legal stop.”

Researchers analyzed 12.3 million police interventions from 2012 and found that approximately 55,400 people were injured or killed by cops during legal stop and search incidents in one year. Of this number, about 1,000 were killed, with vast majority dying from gunshot wounds. The remaining 54,400 were hospitalized with serious injuries, mostly from blunt objects.

“On average, an estimated 1 in 291 stops/arrests resulted in hospital-treated injury or death of a suspect or bystander.”

Granted, some of these injuries or deaths were justified to protect officers or innocent people from actual violent people, but even the authors of the study conclude that these numbers reflect an “excess exposure” of people to police violence.

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Celebrating Genocide – Christopher Columbus’ Invasion of America

“In 1492, the natives discovered they were Indians, discovered they lived in America, discovered they were naked, discovered that the Sin existed, discovered they owed allegiance to a King and Kingdom from another world and a God from another sky, and that this God had invented the guilty and the dress, and had sent to be burnt alive who worships the Sun the Moon the Earth and the Rain that wets it.” ~ Eduardo Galeano

A good friend of mine, a member of the Republic of Lakotah, had a meeting with her first grade son’s elementary school principal. Apparently, her six-year-old was being defiant in classroom. What were these defiant actions? Well, upon his teacher explaining Columbus Day and honoring the courageous and brave sailor who discovered this land in 1492, he had a couple of questions for the teacher. He wanted to know how it was possible that Christopher Columbus discovered a land in which his ancestors had lived for over 30,000 years, he wanted to know what happened to all the people who lived here in 1491, and he wanted to know why the man responsible for invading his native land and slaughtering his ancestors was being honored.

I would love to just be a fly on the wall of that meeting with the elementary school principal.

Christopher Columbus Did NOT Discover America

There, I said it. The first thing we are told about our nation in our early childhood is a complete fabrication of the truth. But, that is only the beginning of the secret atrocities that shaped the nation that we know today.

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25 Cities Abolish Columbus Day and Adopt Indigenous People Day Instead

The state of Vermont and the city of Phoenix have joined the list of places that now call the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day, in a show of momentum for honoring indigenous people on the federal holiday that’s named for Christopher Columbus.

Phoenix is now the largest U.S. city to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, according to member station KJZZ, which says the move came on a unanimous vote. Other cities have adopted similar laws in recent years, including Seattle and Minneapolis.

The city council of Denver, which observed Indigenous Peoples’ Day last year under a temporary proclamation, embraced a permanent observance this week — a development that’s particularly striking because Denver is where the idea for a holiday honoring Christopher Columbus first took root.

“Colorado became the first state to observe Columbus Day as an official holiday,” according to The Denver Post, “and in 1909, Denver held its first Columbus Day parade.”

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